By Ryan Kaczmarski
North Olmsted High School graduate Brian Rector is on the cusp of doing something that no other tennis coach in the history of the state of Ohio has done — win his 400th career dual match. The Baldwin-Wallace College men’s head tennis coach already is the winningest men’s tennis coach in Ohio Athletic Conference and Ohio collegiate tennis history.
Rector, a 1986 graduate of NOHS and a 1989 B-W graduate and former standout and academic All-American, will enter a March 24 match against Otterbein University with 399 career victories and an amazing 399-83 career record.
As a player at B-W from 1986 through 1989, Rector once held all of the Yellow Jacket records for singles and doubles wins, and earned academic All-America each of those years. Since becoming head coach six weeks after graduation and with the recommendations of his head coach, Truman Fields, and then B-W athletic director, Steve Bankson, he took over the program.
Rector’s team is led by Avon Lake graduate and current senior No. 1 singles and doubles player Alex Trzeciak, and No. 5 singles player and North Olmsted product Alex Kearney. In addition, Olmsted Falls graduate and freshman Kevin Paradis is playing a backup role on the varsity.
Kearney, who transferred to B-W from the University of Mount Union after his freshman season, has been a key starter the past two seasons and has helped the Yellow Jackets to a 35-5 record. This season, he is starting at the No.5 spot and has a 13-4 mark in singles and has combined with a few partners for a 3-3 doubles slate. Last season, he was 21-7 as the No. 3 singles player and combined for a 19-7 doubles mark.
Paradis has played in two singles and three doubles matches this season. He is 1-1 in singles and 1-2 in doubles.
The match against Otterbein will be played at 1 p.m. on the “Pop” Collins Courts in Berea.